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The Game Critics Awards are a set of annual awards held after the E3 video game conference since 1998. The awards are given to products displayed at E3 with the title Best of E3 of their category. The nominees and winners of the awards are chosen by individual judges representing 36 (as of 2008) major North American media outlets. The media outlets include: Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Business 2.0, Wired, Giant, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Gannett News Service, San Jose Mercury News, Comcast Games, Games For Windows Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Game Informer, Game Informer Online, GamePro, GameSpot, GameSpy, Comcast GamesNet, Hollywood Reporter, 1UP.com, Gamesradar, IGN, Official PlayStation Magazine, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer, Playboy, PSM, UGO, Yahoo!, Sympatico, Game-Revolution, CNN, G4TV, MTV, Electric Playground, Kotaku. The awards are given independently of the Expo's organisers.

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Award winners

Note on "all systems" as platform: Because games shown at E3 are still in development, the platforms for which the game is published might still be in question.

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Best of Show

2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (for PlayStation 3)
2008: Fallout 3 (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2007: Rock Band (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2006: Wii
2005: Spore (for PC and Mac)
2004: PlayStation Portable
2003: Half-Life 2 (for PC)
2002: Doom 3 (for PC)
2001: Nintendo GameCube
2000: Black and White (for PC)
1999: Freelancer (for PC)

Best Original Game

2009: Scribblenauts (for Nintendo DS)
2008: Mirror's Edge (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2007: LittleBigPlanet (for PlayStation 3)
2006: Spore (for PC)
2005: Spore (for PC)
2004: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (for Nintendo GameCube)
2003: Full Spectrum Warrior (for PC and Xbox)
2002: Psychonauts (for Xbox)
2001: Majestic (for PC)
2000: Black and White (for PC)
1999: Black and White (for PC)

Best Console Game

2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (for PlayStation 3)
2008: LittleBigPlanet (for PlayStation 3)
2007: Mass Effect (for Xbox 360)
2006: Gears of War (for Xbox 360)
2005: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (for Nintendo GameCube)
2004: Halo 2 (for Xbox)
2003: Halo 2 (for Xbox)
2002: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (for Nintendo GameCube)
2001: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (for PlayStation 2)
2000: Jet Grind Radio (for Dreamcast)
1999: Perfect Dark (for Nintendo 64)
1998: Metal Gear Solid (for PlayStation)

Best PC Game

2009: Star Wars: The Old Republic
2008: Spore
2007: Crysis
2006: Spore
2005: Spore
2004: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
2003: Half-Life 2
2002: Doom 3
2001: Star Wars Galaxies
2000: Black and White
1999: Freelancer
1998: Half-Life

Best Handheld Game

2009: Scribblenauts (for Nintendo DS)
2008: Resistance: Retribution (for PSP)
2007: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (for Nintendo DS)
2006: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (for Nintendo DS)
2005: Nintendogs (for Nintendo DS)

Best Peripheral/Hardware

2009: Project Natal (for Xbox 360)
2008: Rock Band 2 Ion "Drum Rocker" Set
2007: Rock Band instruments
2006: Wii
2005: Xbox 360
2004: PlayStation Portable
2003: EyeToy (for PlayStation 2)
2002: WaveBird Wireless Controller (for Nintendo GameCube)
2001: (PC) Nvidia GeForce 3
2001: (Console) Nintendo GameCube
2000: (PC) nVidia GeForce 2
2000: (Console) Xbox
1999: (PC) Nvidia RIVA TNT2
1999: (Console) Dreamcast
1998: Microsoft Sidewinder Freestyle Pro

Best Action Game

2009: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2008: Gears of War 2 (for Xbox 360)
2007: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2006: Gears of War (for Xbox 360)
2005: F.E.A.R. (for PC)
2004: Halo 2 (for Xbox)
2003: Half-Life 2 (for PC)
2002: Doom 3 (for PC)
2001: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (for Nintendo GameCube)
2000: Halo: Combat Evolved (for PC)
1999: Team Fortress (for PC)
1998: Half-Life (for PC)

Best Action/Adventure Game

2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (for PlayStation 3)
2008: Dead Space (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2007: BioShock (for Xbox 360)
2006: Assassin's Creed (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2005: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (for Nintendo GameCube)
2004: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (for PC)
2003: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (for multiple systems)
2002: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (for multiple systems)
2001: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (for PlayStation 2)
2000: Escape From Monkey Island (for PC)
1999: Oni (for PC)
1998: Grim Fandango (for PC)

Best Role Playing Game

2009: Mass Effect 2 (for PC and Xbox 360)
2008: Fallout 3 (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2007: Mass Effect (for Xbox 360)
2006: Mass Effect (for Xbox 360)
2005: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (for PC and Xbox 360)
2004: Jade Empire (for Xbox)
2003: Fable (for Xbox)
2002: Neverwinter Nights (for PC)
2001: Neverwinter Nights (for PC)
2000: Neverwinter Nights (for PC)
1999: Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption (for PC)
1998: Baldur's Gate for PC)

Best Racing Game

2009: Split/Second (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2008: Pure (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2007: Burnout Paradise (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2006: Excite Truck (for Wii)
2005: Burnout Revenge (for PlayStation 2 and Xbox)
2004: Burnout 3: Takedown (for PlayStation 2 and Xbox)
2003: Gran Turismo 4 (for PlayStation 2)
2002: Auto Modellista (for PlayStation 2)
2001: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (for PlayStation 2)
2000: Need For Speed: Motor City (for PC)
1999: Driver (for PlayStation, PC)
1998: Need for Speed 3 (for PC)

Best Sports Game

2009: Fight Night Round 4 (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2008: Madden NFL 09 (for multiple systems)
2007: Madden NFL 08 (for multiple systems)
2006: Wii Sports (for Wii)
2005: Madden NFL 2006 (for multiple systems)
2004: Madden NFL 2005 (for multiple systems)
2003: Tony Hawk's Underground (for multiple systems)
2002: NFL 2K3 (for Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox)
2001: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (for PlayStation 2)
2000: Madden NFL 2001 (for PlayStation 2)
1999: NFL 2K (for Dreamcast)
1998: Madden NFL 99 (for PC, Nintendo 64, and PlayStation)

Best Fighting Game

2009: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars (for Wii)
2008: Street Fighter IV (for Arcade)
2007: Virtua Fighter 5 (for PlayStation 3)
2006: Heavenly Sword (for PlayStation 3)
2005: Soulcalibur III (for PlayStation 2)
2004: Def Jam: Fight for New York (all console systems)
2003: Soulcalibur II (all console systems)
2002: Tekken 4 (for PlayStation 2)
2001: Super Smash Bros. Melee (for Nintendo GameCube)
2000: Ultimate Fighting Championship (for Dreamcast)
1999: Soulcalibur (for Dreamcast)
1998: Tekken 3

Best Strategy Game

(Real-Time or Turn-Based)

2009: Supreme Commander 2 (for PC and Xbox 360)
2008: Tom Clancy’s EndWar (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2007: World in Conflict (for PC)
2006: Supreme Commander (for PC)
2005: Company of Heroes (for PC)
2004: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth (for PC)
2003: Rome: Total War (for PC)
2002: Command & Conquer: Generals (for PC)
2001: Age Of Mythology (for PC)
2000: Black and White (for PC)
1999: Homeworld (for PC)
1998: (RTS) Homeworld
1998: (turn-based) Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Best Social/Casual/Puzzle Game

2009: DJ Hero (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii)
2008: LittleBigPlanet (for PlayStation 3)
2007: Rock Band (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2006: Guitar Hero II (for PlayStation 2)
2005: We Love Katamari (for PlayStation 2)
2004: Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (for Nintendo GameCube)
2003: The EyeToy Games (for PlayStation 2)
2002: Super Monkey Ball 2 (for Nintendo GameCube)
2001: Pikmin (for Nintendo GameCube)
2000: Samba de Amigo (for Dreamcast)
1999: UmJammer Lammy (for PlayStation)
1998: Sentinel Returns

Best Online Multiplayer

2009: Left 4 Dead 2 (for PC and Xbox 360)
2008: Left 4 Dead (for PC and Xbox 360)
2007: Halo 3 (for Xbox 360)
2006: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (for PC)
2005: Battlefield 2 (for PC)
2004: Halo 2 (for Xbox)
2003: City of Heroes (for PC)
2002: Star Wars Galaxies (for PC) [2]
2001: Star Wars Galaxies (for PC) [1]
2000: Neverwinter Nights (for PC)
1999: Team Fortress (for PC)
1998: EverQuest

Best Simulation Game

(Combat, Flight, Non-Combat)

2008: Tom Clancy's EndWar (for PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2006: Spore (for PC)
2005: Spore (for PC)
2004: The Sims 2 (for PC)
2003: Full Spectrum Warrior (for PC, and Xbox)
2002: The Sims Online (for PC)
2001: The Sims Online (for PC)
2000: MechWarrior 4: Vengeance (for PC)
1999: (|F) Janes USAF (for PC)
1999: (|N) Freelancer (for PC)
1998: (|C) Fighter Legends (for PC)
1998: (|N) Railroad Tycoon 2 (for PC)

Winners of older awards

Special Commendation for Graphics or Sound

2007: (G) Killzone 2 (for PlayStation 3)
2005: (G) Killzone (for PlayStation 2)
2004: (G) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (for PC)
2003: (G) Half-Life 2 (for PC)
2002: (S) Doom 3 (for PC)
2001: (S) Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (for PC)
2000: (G) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (for PlayStation and Nintendo GameCube)
1999: (G) Freelancer (for PC)
1999: (+S) Outcast (for PC)
1999: (+S) UmJammer Lammy (for PlayStation)

Best Platformer

1999: Donkey Kong 64 (for Nintendo 64)

Most Promising New Game

1998: Homeworld

Best Booth

1999: Electronic Arts [2]
1998: Electronic Arts [1]

Best Party

1998 : Babylon 5

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